Sunday, June 3, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 2 June 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

Search continues for suspect in dismemberment murder

The international search continues for a Montreal resident suspected of killing and dismembering a foreign university student. The suspect, Luka Magnotta, is described as low-budget gay porn actor. His alleged victim was identified as Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student attending Concordia University. Parts of his body were sent in packages by mail to two political party offices in Ottawa. The torso was discovered in an alley in Montreal. Concordia University has sent official condolences to the victim's family in China's Hunan province, and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has offered condolences to China's ambassador. Police say that the victim and alleged killer knew each other. Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder, defiling a corpse and other charges. A video of the alleged murder was posted on the Internet. Police issued an international arrest warrant after unconfirmed reports suggested that Magnotta had fled to France. But his whereabouts remain unknown.

Canada seeking military post in Singapore
Canada's defence minister has unveiled a proposal to establish a military staging post in Singapore. Peter MacKay spoke in Singapore, where he's attending a major international security conference. Mr. MacKay is seeking a deal with Singapore along the lines of Canadian arrangements reached in Kuwait and Jamaica that give Canada's military a presence in the Middle East and the Caribbean. A Canadian military outpost in Singapore would support the United States in its efforts to counterbalance China's rising military strength in Asia. But Mr. MacKay was careful when discussing China's military buildup. Canada's government is seeking to boost two-way trade with China, emphasizing Canadian energy exports from Alberta's oilsands. Mr. Mackay said that a delicate balance must be maintained between Canada's Asia-focused economic priorities and its security interests in the region. Mr. MacKay will expand on his proposal to Singapore when he addresses conference delegates on Sunday.

Quebec students vowing more mass protests
Students in the Canadian province of Quebec demosntrated for the 39th consecutive night in Montreal on Friday. No end to the protests is in sight after talks between student leaders and Quebec's government broke off on Thursday after four days of negotiations. Students are demanding that the government abandon its plan to raise tuition fees over the next seven years. College tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada. Another mass student demonstration is planned on Saturday. Downtown businesses say that the demonstratations have already caused a loss of profits.

Rainstorm causes flooding, damage in Ontario
A fierce rainstorm struck central Ontario on Friday night, causing damage that knocked out electric power to thousands of customers. Just over 5,000 homes, business and cottages were left without service overnight. The hardest hit areas were the Orillia region, Penetanguishene, Bancroft, Tweed and Bracebridge. Crews expected to restore service on Saturday. Parts of the subway system in Toronto were partially flooded with overflowing sewage.

Canadians gathering in London for Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Groups of Canadians are in London, England,to participate in celebrations marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Four days of festivities began on Saturday. Riverside processions, concerts, fireworks and carriage rides are part of the celebrations. On Sunday, a group of 50 people organized by the Monarchist League of Canada will attend a lunch hosted at Canada House in London before going to the Thames River to watch a floating procession. More than 1,000 boats, led by a royal barge bearing the Queen, are expected to sail through the course of the day.

U.N. report condemns Canada's actions in Afghanistan
The United Nations is condemning what it calls Canada's complicity in torture and human rights violations in Afghanistan. In a report, the United Nations Committee Against Torture cites the Canadian military's willingness to release Afghan detainees to Afghan authorities despite what the report calls a substantial risk that the detainees would be tortured. The U.N. report says that Canadian commanders should have done more to ensure the detainees' safety after their transfer. The U.N. report also urges Canada to pay compensation to three Arab-Canadian men who were tortured in Syria. An official inquiry in 2008 found that the actions of Canadian government officials contributed indirectly to the men's torture. Canada's government earlier insisted that as soon assuspicions of torture in Afghan prisons were raised, the military took measures to ensure that Afghan detainees were treated humanely.


Burma showing more signs of openness
Burma's defence minister says that Burma has reduced its military and political ties with North Korea. Lieutenant General Hla Min spoke at an international security forum in Singapore. He also said that Burma has abandoned efforts to build a nuclear program. Two years ago, a North Korean army defector said that Burma had obtained uranium-enrichment technology from North Korea. But General Hla said that Burma's nuclear research never progressed far. He said that nuclear exchanges with North Korea have stopped because of Burma's new, more open policy toward the world. Conference delegates said that General Hla's comments were remarkably frank and showed evidence of Burma's efforts to install democracy.

Bold rescue frees kidnapped aid workers in Afghanistan
A NATO rescue team has freed four aid workers, including two foreigners, seized by the Taliban in Afghanistan last month. The team was dropped by helicopter in the remote mountains of northern Afghanistan early on Saturday. No casualties were reported during the raid. The two foreigners were identified as Helen Johnston, a Briton, and Moragwa Oirere from Kenya. They were working for Swiss-based Medair when they were kidnapped.

Civilians, soldiers die in latest clashes in Syria

More deadly clashes are reported in Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that rebels killed six soldiers in southern Deraa province, and eight other soldiers near Damascus. One civilian was also killed in army raids in Damascus and another died as a result of gunfire in Homs. The international peace envoy, Kofi Annan, warns that Syria is slipping into all-out war. A Syrian opposition figure, Burhan Ghalioun of the Syrian National Council, is blaming Russia for its support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Mr. Ghalioun says that Russia has become part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Meanwhile on Saturday, gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups broke out in northern Lebanon. Eight people were reported killed in the port city of Tripoli and 40 others were wounded. Clashes in Tripoli last month killed at least eight people as Sunni Muslims who support Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad clashed with members of the leader's tiny Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life imprisonment
Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak, has been sentenced to life in prison. An Egyptian court found him guilty of failing to stop deadly violence against anti-government protesters last year. He will have to spend 25 years in jail. His former interior minister was also sentenced to life imprisonment. Two of Mubarak's sons were acquitted of promoting violence, but face other charges. Mubarak reacted to the sentence with tears, refusing to leave a helicopter that flew him to a prison hospital. Until now, he was being treated at a military hospital. Mubarak's sentence was denounced by the extremist Islamic party, the Muslim Brotherhood. A statement by the Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohamed Mursi, said that Mubarak and other defendants on trial with him should get new trials where solid evidence could be presented. Mubarak was deposed last year after ruling for 30 years.

Four linked to Times Square bomb plot are acquitted
Four men in Pakistan accused of aiding a bomb plot in New York City's Times Square have been acquitted. Humbal Akhtar, Muhammad Shoaib Mughal, Muhammad Shahid Husain, and Faisal Abbasi were released by a court in Islamabad. The men were arrested following an incident in 2010 during which Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad drove a vehicle with a bomb into Times Square. The bomb produced smoke but no explosion. Defence lawyers say that the prosecution failed to prove its case. They were tried by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court, which are generally off limits to the press. Two other men arrested by Pakistan in connection with the Times Square incident were previously released. Pakistani courts have been criticized for lacking the skilles and means to try terrorism cases.



The New Jersey Devils lost to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, in overtime in Game One of the Stanley Cup final on Friday.

Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak lost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday to top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the French Open. Wozniak also went out in the third round of the Paris tournament last year.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, 7-2.

Canadian Adam van Koeverden paddled to gold in the K-1 one-thousand metres at a kayak World Cup in Moscow on Saturday. Australia's Murray Stewart was second while Pavel Nikolaev of Russa took the bronze.




Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, June 3. British Columbia will have clearing skies. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 16 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: showers. Whitehorse, 13. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 17. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, eight. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, 19. Saskatchewan: mainly sunny. Regina, 22. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, 22. Ontario: showers. Toronto: 18. Ottawa, 17. Quebec: showers. Montreal, 16. New Brunswick: rain. Fredericton, 14. Nova Scotia: cloudy. Halifax, 15. Prince Edward Island: cloudy. Charlottetown, 14 Newfoundland: sunny periods. St. John's, 13.


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